The Crossroads of Time (Orisha Series Book 1)

The Crossroads of Time (Orisha Series Book 1)

by Rhonda Denise Johnson


Publisher Lovely Day Rainbow

Published in Literature & Fiction/African American, Literature & Fiction/Urban, Literature & Fiction/Contemporary, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description


Chloe tries to live a normal life as a student at California State University, but when strange things start to happen, shoe consults a Candomblé priestess to find out what’s what

At the priestess’s summons, Oya, the African Orisha of the wind, sweeps Chloe out of 21st century Los Angeles into the world of Ayodele, her 19th century ancestor on a Virginia tobacco plantation.

As women and as African Americans they struggle to decide which costs more, fulfilling their dreams or letting them die—and which price are they willing to pay?

Sample Chapter

"Go two blocks and turn right,” said her GPS.

"Get a good education so you can get a good job,” said her mother.

"Never date a man who can't give you his phone number. He might be married,” said her best friend.

"Take the core classes first and then the electives,” said her academic advisor.

Chloe shook her head. She had no taste for the blue pill, but everyone thought it was their business to try jamming it down her throat—even inanimate talking machines. She went three blocks and turned left. The machine adjusted to her new position. "Go one block and turn left.”

"Oh shut up.”

Downtown Los Angeles didn't offer too many scenic routes, but she could smell the pizza that boasted of being made with New York City tap water wafting down 6th-Street—a street she wasn't supposed to be on. It wasn't on the itinerary mapped out by the global satellite. She savored the smell and didn't care. She crossed Broadway and hooked a left on Los Angeles. A Greyhound bus nearly swiped her on its way to its terminal. Okay, time to pay attention, she thought. Look out for pedestrians. Look out for other cars. Look out for traffic lights, stop signs, and don't miss her turn-off. So much energy expended just to get to school. And the reward, her mother assured her, would be a job working for someone else. Some ache inside told Chloe she was born for more. None of her advisors had a clue about what was going on inside her. Everyone wanted to play it safe. Whatever happened to the "Give me liberty or give me death” mentality? Chloe didn't know anyone like that. She knew only the common sense folks. She knew only this centrifugal directive away from her center—away from her dreams.


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Rhonda Denise Johnson

Rhonda Denise Johnson

As a reader, I'm fascinated by well written fantasy novels. As a writer, I find that magic just naturally works it's way into my stories, even when I'm not purposefully writing a straight-up fantasy novel.

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